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  • 1. Online Journalism – JOUR 3340 Class Notes January 29, 2008
  • 2. Today’s Agenda
    • What’s news
    • LECTURE – Key Components of Websites & Interactive Packages
    • Homework:
      • Quinn, p. 36. Assignment #2 – Post on Blog
  • 3. Blog Entries
    • Good job!
    • Give me websites – more than one!
    • It’s ok to offer opinion, but …
    • Compare and analyze
      • Content
      • Functionality
      • Navigation
      • Audio/Video Quality
      • Interactivity
  • 4. Elements of Online News Website
    • Avoid the ‘bling-bling
      • Unnecessary animation, graphic, audio/music that take away from the story
      • Instead, create ‘iconic’ graphics to create a visual hook for the reader.
    • Easy search/navigation
      • At the top of the page, ideally on the search bar.
    • Home button on every page
  • 5. Elements of Online News Website
    • Limit fonts and colors
      • Consistency makes it easier for readers to follow pages.
    • Allow users to comment on stories
    • Divide long stories into several segments
    • Always test pages in different browsers
  • 6. Elements of Good Design
    • Basics:
      • About Us
      • Contact Us
      • Privacy Statement
      • Terms of Use / Terms of Service
      • Copyright
      • Site Map
        • ç
  • 7. Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design
    • Using frames
    • Gratuitous use of bleeding-edge technology
    • Scrolling text, marquees, constantly running animations
      • Don’t do it!
    • Complex URLs
    • Orphan Pages
    • Long scrolling pages
    • Lack of navigation support
      • “ Home button”
      • Site map
      • Index
    • Non-standard link colors
      • Everyone knows blue
    • Outdated information
    • Overly long download times
      • Human patience: 10 – 15 seconds before lose interest
  • 8. Elements of a Digital Story
    • Headline
    • Text
    • Pictures/ Photogallery
    • Graphics
      • Static
      • Interactive (flash)
      • Maps
    • Related Links
    • Audio
      • Interviews
      • Natural Sound
      • Podcasts
    • SlideShows
      • Stills only
      • Stills plus music and some video
    • Polls (optional)
    • Blogs
  • 9. Alternative Story Approaches Elements of the story
    • Profile
    • Q&A
    • Analysis
    • Eyewitness
    • Timeline
    • Original documents
  • 10. Managing Interactive Projects Step 1 Organizing The Team Step 2 Planning Who do You need? Reporter, Photographer What’s The story? Interactive Elements? Step 3 Data Collection Report & Research
  • 11. Managing Interactive Projects Step 4 Production Step 5 Test & Revise Editing, Designing, Coding Edit, Click Thru, Revise Step 6 ‘ Post It’ Published To Web Step 7 Monitor & Critique Who’s reading? What’s being Read? How could you Do it better?
  • 12. Web Design & Story format
    • Devices
    • It’s important to keep readers hooked, so consider what devices you can use to enhance the story itself and provide further information.
    • Photos: a good picture can tell the whole story. Consider large photos.
    • Crossheads/Subheads: Use to flag up the next part of story, transitions. Entice the reader.
    Source: http://www.knightdigitalmediacenter.org/resources/msword/200710Jour247-Ulken.doc
  • 13. Traditional Role – Assignment Editor
    • Maintain future files
    • Monitor police and fire scanners
    • Make beat calls
    • Coordinate photographers
    • Decide what to cover
    • Work side by side with producers
    • Establish contacts with sources
  • 14. Traditional Role - Producer
    • Decide which stories on the newscast
    • Determine what form they will take – package, live shot, voice over
    • “ Layout” the newscast
    • Monitor/manage progress of reporters, photographers
    • Write/copy edit scripts
    • Monitor wires
    • Time the show
    • Coordinate with technical crew
    • Order/build graphics
    • Write Headlines and teases
  • 15. The Multimedia Editor/Producer: ‘Pre-ditors’
    • Cross promotion on air/online/print
    • ‘ Cloning’ content from media partner
    • ‘ Coopetition’ – coordinating/collaborating coverage
    • Content sharing
  • 16. What’s the Difference in Media Type?
    • Print: portable and ‘permanent’
    • Television and radio: immediate and emotional
    • Online: What do you think?
  • 17. How/What You Cover In Each Media
    • Print: Cover meeting in detail
    • Radio: Cover the meeting in general terms
    • TV: Not really great
    • Online: The best of all worlds
  • 18. Web Design & Story format
    • Maps and graphics: good for quick reference.
    • Bullet lists: easier to read than dense paragraphs – can summarise complicated points or different elements of story.
    • Fact boxes: three or four snappy facts – good for chronologies and work well combined with picture or graphic.
    • Quote boxes: a good quote can capture the essence of a story.
    Source: http://www.knightdigitalmediacenter.org/resources/msword/200710Jour247-Ulken.doc
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